Bachelor's Degree in Psychology

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Applied Psychology Bachelor's Degree

The Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology degree program at Colorado Christian University will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the foundational theories of human nature, explored from a Christian worldview. It will challenge you to integrate faith and the study of human behavior in a scholarly environment that fosters creative and critical thinking.

CCU's bachelor's degree in Applied Psychology is available in a non-emphasis format, as well as with three emphases that may lead to both an undergraduate degree and a master's degree. The emphases for the bachelor's in Psychology include Biblical Studies, Clinical Counseling, and Criminal Justice.

If you're interested in earning both a bachelor's degree in Psychology, as well as a master's in Biblical Studies, Counseling, or Criminal Justice, consider CCU's online Dual Degree program.

Program Focus

Social, developmental, environmental, and abnormal psychology; research methods; psychological theories; interpersonal relationships; cross-cultural competence; and integration of psychology and theology

Once you become a graduate of the Applied Psychology program, you will be equipped for entry-level positions in business, education, the mental-health field, ministry, health care, governmental agencies, social services, human services, and other areas where a psychology background is either required or enhances the individual's qualifications for employment.

Optional emphases and dual degree programs

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For students interested in earning both their bachelor's degree in Psychology and their master's degree in a psychology-related field, CCU offers a rigorous and accelerated academic path through our dual degree program.

Dual degree students complete their B.A. in Psychology with an emphasis in Biblical Studies, Clinical Counseling, or Criminal Justice while completing some of the graduate school coursework in a corresponding CCU master's degree, including the M.A. in Biblical Studies, M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, or M.S. in Criminal Justice. Learn more about CCU's dual degree programs.

Emphasis in Biblical Studies

The B.S. in Applied Psychology with an emphasis in Biblical Studies includes human development, personal and social interactions, and behavioral patterns disorders and, as well as four graduate-level courses (12 credits) in biblical studies. The biblical studies graduate courses count toward the Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology degree requirements and may be applied toward CCU's Master of Arts in Biblical Studies, upon application and acceptance. After successful completion of the B.S. in Psychology with an emphasis in Biblical Studies, only 27 credit hours of the required 39 credit hours remain to complete a master's degree in Biblical Studies.

Emphasis in Clinical Counseling

The B.S. in Applied Psychology with an emphasis in Clinical Counseling includes human development, personal and social interactions, and behavioral patterns, as well as five graduate-level courses specific to clinical counseling. The clinical counseling courses count toward the Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology degree requirements and may be applied toward CCU's Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, upon application and acceptance to the master's in Counseling program. With successful completion of the B.S. in Applied Psychology with an emphasis in Clinical Counseling, only 48 credit hours of the 60 required credit hours remain to complete a master's degree in Counseling.

Emphasis in Criminal Justice

The B.S. in Applied Psychology with an emphasis in Criminal Justice explores human development, personal and social interactions, and behavioral sciences, as well as four graduate-level courses (12 credits) in Criminal Justice. A concentrated application of psychological principles and reflection on real life experiences of self and others helps psychology students grow personally and spiritually. The criminal justice graduate credit hours count toward the Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology degree requirements and may be applied toward CCU's Master of Science in Criminal Justice, upon application and acceptance. With successful completion of the B.S. in Applied Psychology with emphasis in Criminal Justice, only 24 graduate credit hours of 36 credit hours remain to complete a master's degree in Criminal Justice.

Psychology degree program benefits

  • Upon graduation, students will have an expanded range of career options in the field of psychology, including social work, substance abuse counseling, forensic psychology, organizational psychology, and human resources.
  • Graduates of the psychology degree program are academically prepared to apply for admission into the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program; the optional specializations prepare graduates for a variety of accelerated master's programs and additional career paths upon graduation.
  • Our online psychology degree option is specially designed for adult students who are busy with full-time work and family commitments.
  • Earn your psychology degree online. Online courses typically run for five weeks and weekly assignments may be completed around your schedule.
  • Small class sizes encourage individualized learning and networking.
  • The online program is taught in an accelerated format and can be completed in as little as five semesters.
  • Students have direct access to professors who are also professionals in the field with real-world work experience and in-depth insight.
  • Take advantage of CCU's generous transfer credit policies to accelerate your degree!

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